House Committee Amends THUD Funding Bill

Published by Peter Lawrence on Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:00am

On May 21, the House Appropriations Committee adopted amendments to the subcommittee-approved fiscal year (FY) 2015 House Transportation-HUD (THUD) appropriations bill. The amendments would increase funding for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) by $1 million, and direct HUD to evaluate and report on the effect of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability on costs to certain public housing authorities (PHAs). The committee also accepted a manager’s amendment that includes provisions

  • to increase funding for HUD’s housing counseling program by $2 million to $47 million and
  • to increase funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA) by $2.9 million to $305.9 million.

The committee rejected amendments to increase funding for the HOME and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, and an amendment to increase the cap on Rental Assistance Demonstration conversions was withdrawn.  Other than the additional funding for housing counseling, HOPWA and USICH, the funding levels for HUD programs remain unchanged from the May 7 subcommittee-approved bill.